If you hang around long enough as a follower of Jesus, someone is bound to ask you this question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It has no easy pat answer that will suffice. In reality, there is probably no way to fully answer the question in our lifetime. Without trivializing suffering, here are some potential biblical reasons for the need for this question.
First, Romans 8:22-25 says, that the “whole earth groans and suffers pain, seemingly longing for redemption.” Much of our perspective is that pain is bad, but many times pain is purifying, not joyful to endure, but necessary for leading us to search for a remedy and rely on God rather than our own strength.
Second, Romans 3-6 tells us that “sin” has broken all humanity both physically and spiritually. Again, to say “good people” should not suffer misses the point. There are no “good” people, only people in need of redemption living in a broken world.
Finally, there is hope for the suffering. All people need a Savior. Even for Christians, God does not always eliminate the pain or keep us from death, disease, or hurricanes. However, He promises to walk through the flood and fire with you, never leaving us alone. If you know Jesus you can know peace, even in the midst of a storm. (Isaiah 43, Hebrews 13)
I truly believe that being a father is one of the hardest, yet rewarding opportunities on the planet. God gives us the chance to rear and shape little lives. Fatherhood is not just a title but a responsibility that changes lives for eternity. Our sons will learn how to be leaders, defenders, and a men of integrity from our example. Our daughters will learn what kind of man they should desire because of our love for our wives and our diligent nurturing.
God our Heavenly Father has established guidelines for fathers in His Word, and it centers around love, wisdom, and obedience. Deuteronomy 6:4-9, First, God establishes a pattern through His amazing love for His people Israel and the World through His Son Jesus. (vv.4-5) Second, He gave instructions on how to accomplish the task of Fatherhood for us, by setting an example of repeating the Word and diligently teaching our children what real-life obedience looks like. Finally, God gives us all the tools we need to be the father He desires, by seeking Him with all your heart, you are fulfilling this awesome task of fatherhood. (vv.6-9)
Being a father is not about being perfect; it’s about being available. Our children need to know they matter to us and to our God. Our children need to know we love them with no strings attached. Our culture screams that children are of no value, and where there is no value there is no hope. Fathers, we are the hope of the next generation.